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San Mateo County, CA November 8, 2005 Election
Measure I
Appropriations Limit
Town of Portola Valley

Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 1,209 / 57.5% Yes votes ...... 892 / 42.5% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 30 9:53am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (5/5)
Information shown below: Arguments |

"Only if, Town of Portola Valley Proposition ____*, adjusting the Town's appropriation limit passes, shall the Town additionally adjust the appropriations limit each fiscal year commencing July 1, 2006 by the amount of money collected from imposition of the 2% Utility Users Tax (for open space purposes only) during the time of its levy and collection, provided that authorization to adjust the appropriations limit shall not exceed four years from the end of Fiscal Year 2005-2006?"

Yes ________ No _________

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Arguments For Measure I
VOTE YES ON MEASURE I to protect the Town of Portola Valley's rural ambiance and undeveloped open space.

In 1964, the Town of Portola Valley residents voted to incorporate, thereby providing local control to protect the community's natural environment. Our largely volunteer Town government has been remarkably successful in accomplishing this task, allowing reasonable development while protecting Portola Valley's essential rural character. In 1997 and 2001, Town residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of a 2% tax on utilities for a fouryear period with the funds dedicated to open space.

To be successful in protecting the critical remaining vistas and corridors, our Town must continue to have adequate financial resources to purchase key pieces of undeveloped land and easements as they become available. Toward this goal, in 2005 the Town completed the purchase of the second of two parcels of the Spring Down Equestrian Center for open space. The purchase left the Open Space Fund at a level where additional resources are needed to acquire and save open space as it becomes available.

Measure I will accomplish this at a modest cost to Portola Valley Residents of about $10.70 per month on average per household. This is a small price to pay for providing permanent protection for some of Portola Valley's open spaces and scenic vistas-- precious amenities that enrich our lives and add value to everyone's property.

Measure I will continue the 2% tax on our utility bills, with the proceeds dedicated to the protection of open space.

We strongly urge all residents to support Measure I to protect the beauty of our Town. It is important that we invest in open space funding now to safeguard the Town's rural character for ourselves and future generations.

On November 8, vote YES ON MEASURE I.

Signed Date Signed Date

Nancy Vian + Former Councilmember

Nancy Lund + Town Historian

Gary Nielsen + Former Mayor/Open Space Comm.

Craig Taylor + Open Space Comm. Chair

Lea Zaffaroni + Planning Commissioner

(No arguments against Measure I were submitted)

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